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HHS Launches Health IT Video Challenge

January 9, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
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The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has announced a nationwide, open call for entries in a “Healthy New Year Video Challenge.” The video challenge is looking for personal stories of patients and families using health technology to improve health. Launched by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the challenge kicks off the first in a series of consumer video contests in 2012 as a way to engage consumers to integrate technology into their health care.

"In order to empower individuals to be more active partners in their health, they need access to their information and tools they can use. We are excited to harness the creativity of ordinary Americans to help promote the positive impact of the myriad health information technology tools and services on health and health care,” Farzad Mostashari, M.D., national coordinator for health information technology, said in a statement.

ONC is accepting submissions for the Healthy New Year Video Challenge through Feb.16. It can range from creative and innovative ways of e-mailing your doctor to using an online patient-portal to manage your health information, or downloading a mobile application that sends medication reminders.   The winning entries will be determined from public votes and a panel of judges will ultimately select the top winners in each category.  ONC will award winners a portion of $5,000 in prize money and feature the videos on its consumer-facing website, www.HealthIT.gov.

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